Archives: August 2003
Tue Aug 26, 2003
Come to SmartFriends U
Too busy to keep up with advances in languages and libraries? Wish you had more time to learn about boost, Whisper, and those wacky unconventional languages you hear about?
I'm helping out planning SmartFriends U : Languages and Libraries. Take a look at the web site:
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Mon Aug 18, 2003
Flirburt is here
A new Internet frenzy has arrived! www.flirburt.com
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Sat Aug 16, 2003
Chopping down leaves
I got a DirecTV satellite system back in December. I got sufficient signal strength, but as December turned into Spring and then turned into Summer, the leaves on the trees started growing, culminating in a loss of several channels. I asked the building complex administrators if they could trim some of the leaves. They said the landscape people come on "Wednesday", and they'll see what can be done.
Of no surprise to me, when I got home on Wednesday night, nothing had happened to the leaves. I was in a chat room whining about it when my friend Keith mentioned he had a leaf/branch trimmer thing. Great!
So I borrowed the trimmer. It was a long pole, but the pole stiff wasn't long enough to reach the leaves I wanted to get. But my upstairs neighbour had a balcony that could reach the leaves. I went up there to ask my neighbour if I could stand at his front door balcony and use the pole to take down some of the small leafy branches.
He replied, in Spanish, that he didn't speak any English. So I did my best to point at things, like the leaf trimmer, the leafs, his balcony, and I made tree trimming motions. I think he indicated that it would be OK, so I fetched the leaf trimmer, which looks like a real big machete, the kind the Grim Reaper would use. After I started trying to trim, he got into the action, and helped me. This was good since I'm not the strongest brand of coffee on the Starbucks' menu, if you know what I mean. He was really getting into it, and hacking off all sorts of small branches with little help from me.
I went back downstairs and checked my signal strength. It was the best it had ever been - almost perfect. I went upstairs to say Gracias, which I believe is Spanish for Thank You. He then looked down and saw my satellite dish and understood that the leaves were in the way.
So then I realized that he had no idea this whole time why he was helping me tear down these branches. I just showed up with a big branch cutter, and he was all into it. When I first asked him for help, he was sitting on a milk crate watching his TV, also on a milk crate, so I guess he didn't have much going on, and any distraction was a good one, even ones coming from a lanky white boy.
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Sun Aug 10, 2003
I'm getting old
I've been 31 for a few hours now. It feels a lot like being 30. Good thing I look young and can still pass for mid 20's. Turning 31 is much better than turning 29. I don't know if this happens to everyone, but my head exploded the moment I turned 29. http://javworld.com/Brain/html
I've been getting old for a long time. When I was a kid and I listened to all the hip songs on the radio, my parents would say "Turn that down! That's not music, that's garbage!". Today when I hear the hip songs on the radio, I say "Turn that down! That's not music, that's garbage!".
Even worse, when I was a kid, the Classic Rock stations would be playing stuff from the 60's. Now when I turn on the Classic Rock stations, they're playing songs from the 80's! The 80's was the decade with the only good music. I'm going to be some old guy saying, "I remember when I saw INXS in '88. Now that was a good show."
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Sat Aug 09, 2003
BaseMaster 3.0 now available
I finished up work on BaseMaster 3.0. It's a lot like 2.1, but now you can enter numbers up to 64 bit. You can select how many bits you wanna use - 8, 16, 32, or 64.
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Dodged Jury Duty Yet Again
Recently my services were requested to serve on a jury. I wrote back explaining that I was a foreigner taking away good American jobs. They wrote back and excused me. I don't see why more people just don't claim they're a foreigner. If the jury people really knew, they wouldn't be asking me in the first place. And as far as I know, they didn't do anything to make sure I was telling the truth.
Seems to me that becoming a citizen just means sitting on a jury. What's my motivation?
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